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com·mon law

(kom'ŏn law)
A system of law based on custom, tradition, and court decisions rather than on written legislation.

common law

A system of law that originated in medieval England and is based on former legal decisions (precedent) and custom, not on legislation. Common law constantly evolves from previous decisions and changing custom. It forms the basis of the legal system in the U.S. (except Louisiana), the U.K. and most other English-speaking countries and is therefore the most frequent source of legal precedent for malpractice cases.
See also: law

common law,

n a judge-made law, as contrasted with statutory law. This body of law originated in England and was in force at the time of the American Revolution; modified since that time on a case-by-case basis in the courts.


a shared structure, function, disease. See also under specific name of the item, e.g. atrioventricular canal.

common chemical sense
mediated by the trigeminal nerve from chemical sense organs in the conjunctival sac and in the nasal and buccal cavities.
common fee
the fee for professional services agreed to formally or informally by a local group of the veterinary profession, usually determined by an interpractice survey of fees actually charged.
common law
the law of common usage, the practice or code which is usually followed. Based on decisions of the courts in individual cases. It is not written down as statutory law is.
common pathway
see coagulation pathways.
common salt
see sodium chloride.
common source
a point from which a number of animals are infected or affected. The point from which a common source or point epidemic begins.
common stonecrop
common sucker
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230) The use of English-language sources will necessarily result in the increased influence of the common law tradition.
The United Kingdom and Ireland, common law tradition countries, have implemented European Union regulations and given up several common law approaches.
Hayek pointed to the common law tradition of the Anglo-American world as an excellent--though not the only-example of a customary legal system that effectively enabled the growth of society from the primitive to the complex.
It is the nature of the common law and the common law tradition to reflect the contemporaneous nature of the society in which it exists.
The English common law tradition of protecting the home against government intrusions existed long before this great republic was founded.
Individual responsibility is a bedrock principle of the common law tradition.
The common law tradition emphasizes the uniqueness of cases, the limitations of abstraction, the decisive importance of facts in adjudication, and the possibility of reaching sound and even moderately predictable results on the basis of facts, within a regime of flexible rules that can be bent to achieve a broad range of ends.
Canada's military justice system can be confusing in its nuances as it strays from the Criminal Code of Canada and other tenets of civilian law that establish Canada's common law tradition.
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Author Edlin (political science, Dickinson College) explores the power of judicial review in the common law tradition by utilizing legal theory, constitutional history, political philosophy, and case law analysis.
Both utilitarian and natural rights justifications are present mostly in the United States and other legal systems belonging principally to the common law tradition.
In an introduction, nine chapters, and conclusion, Stoner hopes to defend the central importance of the common law tradition to the formation of American law, its continued importance to American legal reasoning, and ultimately the need for more of it.